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October 2015

Merry Christmas in Red Foil

Happy Saturday (and Happy Halloween)!

A busy day getting ready for a Christmas card class tomorrow.  There's so much to do to get ready.  I'm very blessed that my husband always makes himself available to help.  I'm so grateful to have him!

Today's project was inspired by a card I saw during the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop at Paula Wright's blog.  You can see the project that inspired my card here.  I just loved Paula's use of the red foil striped vellum from the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and had to give it a try myself.

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Don't you just love the snowflakes peeking through the vellum stripes?

This card begins with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  To create the focal point, a piece of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the snowflake from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and the large snowflake from the Project Life Hello December 2015 stamp set.  The snowflakes were stamped with Real Red ink.  A piece of red foil striped vellum from the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum was cut to the same size as the Whisper White cardstock and adhered to the Whisper White cardstock with Mini Glue Dots placed behind the thick foil stripes.  

A piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the "Christmas" sentiment from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set using Basic Black Archival ink.  [I'm really loving this new Black ink!!]  The sentiment was die cut in the Big Shot using the largest of the Bitty Banner Framelits adjusting the sentiment nearer the left end of the banner.  The banner was adhered to the vellum near the lower right corner and the right end of the banner trimmed off along the right edge of the vellum.  The vellum/Whisper White was adhered at the center of a slightly larger piece of Red Foil Sheets using Mini Glue Dots.  The Red Foil Sheets was adhered at the center of a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock.  The focal point was adhered to the card front with approximately 1/2" border between the Basic Black and the top, right, and left edges of the card front.

Strips of Thick Whisper White cardstock and Basic Black cardstock were die cut in the Big Shot using the "merry" thinlit from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits.  The Basic Black "merry" was adhered across the vellum using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, holding the word in place with fingertips until the adhesive began to set.  Then the Thick Whisper White "merry" was adhered on top of the Basic Black "merry" just a bit above and a bit to the left of the Basic Black "merry".  This allows the Basic Black "merry" to create a drop shadow for the Thick Whisper White "merry", making it stand out better from the red foil in the vellum.  

I'd like to take a moment here to make a plug for the Precision Base Plate for the Big Shot.  Prior to getting this new tool, I was disappointed with the "hairs" that I was always finding along the edges of detailed thinlits [e.g., words, butterflies, doilies, and ornaments] and frustrated trying to remove them.  Also, I was not happy with the little bumps on the tops of the die cut items created when the cardstock was pushed up into the access holes in the thinlits (used to help remove the thinlits from the dies).  The Precision Base Plate negates the need for the waxed paper to make it easier to get the thinlits from the die, you don't have the bumps on top of the detail thinlits, and the "hairs" are considerably reduced.  I am VERY HAPPY!!

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Because the card base is white, I decided to add a mat to bring the color from the vellum into play at the inside sentiment area of the card.  So I began with a layer of Real Red cardstock slightly smaller than the inside sentiment area of the card.  A liner of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the two snowflakes used for the card front at the bottom inch of the liner.  The snowflakes were stamped with Real Red ink.  A strip of red foil striped vellum was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner using Mini Glue Dots behind the thick foil stripes.  A narrow strip of Red Foil Sheets was adhered along the top edge of the vellum using Mini Glue Dots.  A Christmas greeting, from the Lots of Joy stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Basic Black Archival ink.

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The two snowflakes were randomly stamped along the left front edge of the Medium Whisper White envelope using Real Red ink.  

I love the simple look of this card.  AND it was simple to make!  Which is an even better endorsement when you are making a bunch of cards for Christmas.  

Well, back to work setting up for tomorrow's class.  Don't forget, I still have a few slots left for the class on November 21st.  If you live in the East Central Florida area, I'd love to have you join in the fun.  You can find more information about the class here.  You can see the projects for the class here, here, here, here, and here.

Have a great Halloween!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card --

Stamps:  Holly Jolly Greetings, Lots of Joy, Project Life Hello December 2015; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Real Red; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Real Red, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Red Foil Sheets; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plate, Magnetic Plate, Bitty Banners Framelits, Precision Base Plate, Christmas Greetings Thinlits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

 


Dove of Peace

Hello!

A busy day taking the doggies to the doggie spa for baths and hair cuts.  Now that they're home, they can't decide if they want to run crazy, drink loads of water, or sleep.  It's such a stressful life for a Shih Tzu.  Zorro is the gray and white dog at the top left, Bernardo (Bernie) is the standing black and white, and Tony (CH Journie Any Way You Want It).  Tony is retired from showing, but is still on call for other duties...  We are watching Tony for a while to help out my sister who is the owner/breeder and the handler in the show ring.  Bernie is actually Tony's brother from the second litter of the parents.  Zorro and Bernie are not show dogs.  They just didn't make the cut with respect to conformation to the breed. 

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Today's post is a Christmas card with a religious message.  I tend to shy away from religious-themed cards with my clubs and workshops to keep from inadvertently offending someone.  However, the Dove of Peace single stamp and a set of greetings from the Versatile Christmas stamp set just cried out to me to be combined into a card.

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This card begins with a card base of Blackberry Bliss.  This color is so rich and regal looking that it seemed made for the dove.  I stamped the dove with Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White cardstock.  A strip of Gold Foil Sheets was stamped with "Peace" from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set using Staz-On Jet Black and die cut in the Big Shot with the largest of the Bitty Banners Framelits.  One end of the banner was snipped off and the banner adhered to the Whisper White cardstock underneath the dove.  The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Gold Foil Sheets.

A panel of diagonally striped Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum was adhered to the center of the card front using Mini Glue Dots behind the gold foil stripes.  A length of White 3/8" Glitter ribbon was folded over at the top and the fold adhered with a Mini Glue Dot.  The bottom of the ribbon was cut into a banner tail and the ribbon adhered to the center of the striped panel using a Mini Glue Dot at the top of the ribbon and at the center.  The dove was adhered over the striped panel and ribbon near the upper center of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Matching greetings from the Versatile Christmas stamp set were stamped at the upper center of the liner using Blackberry Bliss ink.

A strip of diagonally striped Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum was adhered along the bottom of the liner using Mini Glue Dots placed behind the gold foil stripes.  A narrow strip of Gold Foil Sheets was adhered along the top of the vellum using Mini Glue Dots to disguise the transition between the vellum and the liner.

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A greeting from the Flurry of Wishes stamp set was stamped at the center of the Medium Whisper White Envelope flap using Blackberry Bliss ink.

And there you have it!  How simple is that card?  Sometimes the simplest design with the right colors has the greatest impact.

Have a great day!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Dove of Peace, Flurry of Wishes, Holly Jolly Greetings, Versatile Christmas; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss; Cardstock:  Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Gold Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  White 3/8" Glitter ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Bitty Banners Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

 


Give Thanks For All Things

Hello!

It's a rainy kind of day in East Central Florida and I'm OK with that.  The yard and the plants need a healthy dose of rain and I sure do hope they get it.

Today's post is a card I designed for my October stamp clubs.  At this time of year, when all the things we need to get done seem to become somewhat overwhelming, it's always a good idea to remind myself that I have a great deal to be thankful for.  

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This card begins with a card base of Soft Suede cardstock.  A piece of Old Olive cardstock was embossed part way down in the Big Shot using the Delicate Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder.  A piece of Into the Woods Designer Series Paper was adhered over the non-embossed area.  Old Olive ink was sponged along the edges of the Old Olive cardstock, including the three edges of the Designer Series Paper, and then the inked sponge was lightly rubbed over the raised embossing to bring it into higher relief.  A length of Early Espresso 1/2" Seam Binding ribbon was wrapped around the Old Olive cardstock to disguise the transition between the Designer Series Paper and the embossed cardstock and knotted on the left side.  The Old Olive cardstock was adhered at the center of the card front.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the large watercolor wash image from the For All Things stamp set using Daffodil Delight ink.  The "Give Thanks..." sentiment was stamped over the watercolor wash using Early Espresso ink.  The edges of the Whisper White cardstock were sponged with Soft Suede ink and adhered at the center of a piece of Tangelo Twist cardstock (the edges also sponged with Soft Suede ink).  The sentiment was adhered near the upper right of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Some sequins were removed from the Gold Sequin Trim and adhered randomly on the embossed Old Olive cardstock and the sentiment using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

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The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A strip of Into the Woods Designer Series Paper was adhered along the top edge of the liner and the edges of the liner were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The banner watercolor wash image was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Daffodil Delight ink and the "Grateful for you" sentiment was stamped over the watercolor wash centering the "Grateful" inside the banner.  The three acorn image was inked with Soft Suede and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers and stamped along the lower left side and bottom of the liner.

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The three acorn image was inked with Soft Suede and Early Espresso markers and stamped along the left front edge of the Medium Whisper White envelope.

I encourage you to remember and focus on all the blessings you have in your life.  We tend to take these blessings very much for granted.  Take the time to thank those who bless your life in big and small ways.  They will appreciate the recognition and you will come away with a full heart and renewed focus.

Before I forget, a number of very talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators have formed the Stamp Review Crew.  Their most recent review was of the For All Things stamp set.  I was tickled that this blog hop occurred the weekend I was featuring this stamp set for my clubs.  I've included a link to Jennifer Timko's blog: one of the stops along the blog hop.  You'll find some really wonderful ideas that use the stamp set featured in this post.

Have a great day!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  For All Things; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Markers:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Soft Suede, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Into the Woods; Embellishments:  Gold Sequin Trim, Early Espresso 1/2" Seam Binding ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Elegant Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Flurry of Wishes Revisited

Hello there!  Happy Sunday!

Today's post features the fifth (and final) card from my Christmas card class.  [You can see the first card here, the second card here, the third card here, and the fourth cards here.]  If you've been following my blog for a little while, you'll recognize this card pretty quickly as one I featured for the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop.  The only change for this version is that I swapped out the Soft Sky for Pool Party.  I found with the first version that the Soft Sky was a little too pale and I wanted a little more color for the snowflakes.  You can find the first version here with more information about how to make the card.  

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I think what I like best about changing from Soft Sky to Pool Party is that the colors for the newer version remind me more strongly of the colors you see in a glacier.  A few years ago I took an Alaskan cruise through the Inside Passage with my sister and we visited the Mendenhall Glacier and the glacier at Tracy Arm.  Holy cow!  I never realized that water had so many colors when frozen.  It was amazing!  This photo was taken at the Mendenhall Glacier.  It was hard to believe that this is a constantly moving mass of ice.  

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Here's the inside sentiment area of the Pool Party/Island Indigo version of the card.

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And here's the envelope for the Pool Party/Island Indigo version of the card.

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Both cards are very pretty, but I like the contrast of the colors of the Pool Party/Island Indigo card best.

Have a great day!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card --

Stamps:  Flurry of Wishes; Inks:  Island Indigo, Pool Party; Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Shimmery White, Whisper White; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Snow Flurry punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Softly Falling Textured Impressions embossing folder, Magnetic Plate, Bitty Banners Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

 


Poinsettias, Rudolph, or Santa?

Happy Friday!

Are you ready for the weekend?  I am!

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Before I get started, I wanted to remind you that today's the LAST DAY to get 15% off stamps from Stampin' Up!  This offer has a few exclusions, but overall it's a great deal!  I hope that you will take advantage of it!  [Excludes stamp sets that are part of a bundle, Host stamp sets, stamp sets on the Clearance Rack, and Rotary stamps.]

Today's post is the next card from my Christmas card class.  Participants in my Christmas card class make three cards each of five different designs.  [You saw the first card here, the second card here, and the third card here.]  This card has the same basic design, but the focal point changes for each card.  Full disclosure:  I adopted the design for this card from one that I saw on the Stampin' Up! blog designed by Mindy Backes at Bada-Bing Paper-Crafting.  You can see her great card here.

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So we'll start with the basic card design.  This card begins with a card base of Real Red cardstock.  A piece of Basic Black cardstock slightly smaller than the card front was adhered at the center of the card front.  A piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock was embossed in the Big Shot with the Elegant Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and adhered at the center of the Basic Black cardstock.

A piece of Real Red cardstock was die cut in the Big Shot using the Deco Labels Collection Framelits and adhered at the right center of the Mossy Meadow cardstock using Mini Glue Dots or Tombow Multi Adhesive.  Paper Snips were used to cut banner tails at each end of a piece of Gold 5/8" Satin ribbon the width of the card front.  The ribbon was placed across the center of the Real Red die cut using Mini Glue Dots.  A piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock was die cut in the Big Shot using the Circles Collection Framelits and adhered over the center of the Real Red die cut with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The "'Tis the Season" sentiment from the Oh, What Fun stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and punched with the 2-1/2" circle punch with the sentiment placed to the right side of the punched circle.  The punched circle was adhered to the Mossy Meadow circle.  Paper Snips were used to cut two poinsettias from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  The first poinsettia was adhered at the upper left portion of the Very Vanilla punched circle using Mini Glue Dots.  The second poinsettia was adhered at the lower left portion of the Very Vanilla punched circle.  Three sequins were removed from the Gold Sequin Trim and adhered to the open areas of the Very Vanilla punched circle using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

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Here's the same basic card design, but this time Rudolph was cut from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper and adhered at the left side of the Very Vanilla punched circle.  This photo gives you a better idea of the placement of the Real Red die cut.  Note that it's off center a bit to the right side of the card front to make room for the Designer Series Paper elements on the poinsettia and Rudolph cards.

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When you look at the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper sheets that contain the Rudolphs and Santas, you'll note that the reindeer and Santas face left and right.  So in this card, I'm showing how the Real Red die cut moves off center to the left to accommodate a left facing Santa.  This would be true for a left facing reindeer, too.

Here's the inside sentiment area for the Santa and poinsettia cards.

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The "Wishing you..." sentiment comes from the Versatile Christmas stamp set and the holly leaf branches come from the Oh, What Fun stamp set.  These elements were stamped near the upper center of the Very Vanilla liner using Real Red ink for the sentiment and Mossy Meadow ink for the holly leaf branches.  A strip of mistletoe paper from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper was adhered along the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla liner.  The liner was adhered to the inside sentiment area of the card.

This is the inside sentiment area for the Rudolph card.

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You can see that the sentiment and holly leaf branches are the same as for the Santa and poinsettia cards, but instead of a strip of mistletoe paper at the bottom edge of the liner, this liner features a reindeer lying down.  They were so cute I just had to use them!

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The "'Tis the Season" sentiment was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Mossy Meadow ink.

I'll be back Sunday with the fifth card design from my Christmas card class.  If you live in the East Central Florida area, I still have a few spots left for my Christmas card class on November 21st.  Click on the Email Mickey button at the top right corner of the blog sidebar to contact me.  

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card -- 

Stamps:  Oh, What Fun, Versatile Christmas; Inks:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Home for Christmas; Embellishments:  Gold Sequin Trim, Gold 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 2-1/2" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Circles Collection Framelits, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Multi Purpose Platform, Elegant Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope